Professor Cheryl Knott featured at

Published: February 15th, 2011

For the last 18 years, Cheryl Knott of Boston University has been racing the clock. While she researches orangutans in the rainforests of Gunung Palung National Park in Borneo, the numbers of this magnificent ape steadily plummet.

The outlook for orangutans–one of human’s closest relatives–is dire because there are only a few tens of thousands of them currently left in the wild, and they are found in only two places: the Sumatran rain forests, where they are critically endangered; and the Borneo rain forests, where they are endangered. The decline of the Sumatran and Bornean populations of orangutans is caused by varied threats, such as illegal logging, the conversion of rain forest to palm oil plantations and farmland, poaching and the pet trade.

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We Are Told to Call It Chicken: Airline Food & How to Fix It

Published: December 24th, 2010

BY Corky White @ The Atlantic

I’m sick and tired and I am not going to take it anymore. A week ago on YouTube I saw a horrible thing: extruded chicken mass, like piles of pinkish silly putty spiraling out of a faucet. This is the stuff that goes into your chicken patties and nuggets. I gagged and thought, “We’ve reached the bottom of the food chain, we are worse than bottom-feeders.”

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After a hard day’s work in Afghanistan…

Published: October 7th, 2010

… Petraeus reads about Afghanistan. After spending 16-plus hours each day running the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, American General David Petraeus tries to thumb through a few pages of a book each night before his eyes close and it falls to the ground. The most recent topic? Afghanistan of course.

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Professor Fallou Ngom in Bostonia

Published: September 15th, 2010

Professor Fallou Ngom was featured in Bostonia‘s article Lost Language highlighting his work on Ajami.

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Professor Jeremy DeSilva in Bostonia

Published: July 11th, 2010

Professor Jeremy DeSilva was featured in Bostonia‘s article One Small Step for Man highlighting the question Were the first humans walkers or tree climbers?

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New Professor Appointed

Published: January 25th, 2010

Jeremy DeSilva (PhD in Biological Anthropology, University of Michigan) will become an assistant professor of biological anthropology in the Department of Anthropology this fall. His elegantly conceived and executed thesis research appears to have resolved 25 years of acrimonious debate concerning the amount of daily activity that “Lucy” and other early human ancestors in the genus Australopithecus were still spending in the trees. (Jeremy is personally acquainted with Lucy and hopes to offer a course on her similar to one he has offered before.)

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